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Alternative & Renewable Energy OVERVIEW

       Analysts at BP report that non-hydroelectric renewable power consumption grew by a respectable 12.0% worldwide during 2014 (the latest year for which data is available).
     North American consumption increased by a substantial 10.0%.
     World hydroelectric consumption increased by 2.0% during 2014.
     North American hydroelectric consumption decreased by 1.7%, after a 0.3% increase in the U.S. during a below-average year due to droughts.
     Steady growth does not mean that renewables account for a large amount of the world’s energy.
     Instead, non-hydroelectric renewables as a percent of global electricity generation accounted for about 6.0% in 2014, up from 5.3% in 2013.
     Coal, natural gas and nuclear energy remain primary sources of electric generation in most parts of the world.
    electric production from renewable sources was 13.2% of total electric power in 2014, up from 12.2% in 2013 and only about 7.6% in 1970.
     In this case, “renewable” includes conventional hydroelectric and geothermal, along with solar, wind and biomass.
     (In 1970, such production was almost entirely from hydroelectric sources.) Wind power has seen rapid growth worldwide.
     Major technological advances in wind turbines (including much larger blades creating very high output per turbine and blades that suffer very little downtime and are thus more efficient), along with massive government incentives encouraging investment in wind generation, have fueled turbine installation.
     In the U.S., wind power generation grew dramatically, from 11,187 thousand megawatts in


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  • -3M Company

  • -ABB Ltd

  • -AES Corporation (The)

  • -Air Products & Chemicals Inc

  • -Samsung Electronics Co Ltd

  • -Alstom SA

  • -Ultralife Corporation

  • -American Superconductor Corp

  • -Applied Materials Inc

  • -Archer Daniels Midland Co (ADM)

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Industry Statistics

  • U.S. Alternative Energy Industry Overview
  • Approximate Energy Unit Conversion Factors
  • Average Heat Content of Selected Biomass Fuels
  • Biomass Energy Resource Hierarchy
  • Comparison of Alternative Fuels with Gasoline & Diesel
  • World Total Primary Energy Consumption by Region: 2008-2040
  • World Consumption of Hydroelectricity & Other Renewable Energy by Region: 2008-2040
  • Share of Electricity Generation by Energy Source, U.S.: Projections, 2012-2040
  • Energy Consumption by Source & Sector, U.S.: 2014
  • Primary Energy Flow by Source & Sector, U.S.: 2014
  • Net Electrical Power Generation by Fuel Type, U.S.: 2014
  • Net Electrical Power Generation by Fuel Type, U.S.: 1981-July 2015
  • Net Electrical Power Generation From Renewable Energy Sources, U.S.: 2003-October 2015
  • Total Renewable Electricity Net Generation by Energy Source & State: 2014
  • Net Electricity Generation from Conventional Hydropower by Sector & Region, U.S.: 2013-2014
  • U.S. Historical Hydroelectric Generation Compared to 20-Year Average for 1995-2014
  • Energy Production by Fossil Fuels & Nuclear Power, U.S.: Selected Years, 1950-2014
  • Energy Production by Renewable Energy, U.S.: Selected Years, 1950-August 2015
  • Renewable Energy Consumption by Source, U.S.: Selected Years, 1950-August 2015
  • U.S. Renewable Energy Consumption by Energy Source, 2008 vs. 2014
  • Renewable Energy Consumption in the Residential, Commercial & Industrial Sectors, U.S.: 2008-2014
  • Renewable Energy Consumption in the Transportation & Electric Power Sectors, U.S.: 2008-2014
  • Fuel Ethanol Production & Consumption, U.S.: 1981-August 2015
  • Biodiesel Production & Consumption, U.S.: 2001- August 2015
  • The 15 Largest Nuclear Reactors in the U.S.
  • Top 10 Countries by Installed Wind Generating Capacity: 2014
  • Top 15 U.S. States by Installed Wind Generating Capacity: 2015
  • Net Electricity Generation from Wind by Region, All Sectors, U.S.: 2004-2014
  • U.S. Department of Energy Funding for Science & Energy Programs: 2014-2016
  • Federal R&D & R&D Plant Funding for Energy, U.S.: Fiscal Years 2014-2016
  • Forecasted Costs of New Electricity Generation by Energy Source

Top Companies Profiled

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  • 3M Company
  • ABB Ltd
  • AES Corporation (The)
  • Air Products & Chemicals Inc
  • Samsung Electronics Co Ltd
  • Alstom SA
  • Ultralife Corporation
  • American Superconductor Corp
  • Applied Materials Inc
  • Archer Daniels Midland Co (ADM)

Industry Trends Analyzed Include:

  • Small-Scale Solar Panel Installations Soar Through Subsidies, While Solar Cell Costs Plummet
  • Photovoltaic Technologies, Thin-Film Solar and Solar Panel Efficiency
  • Utility-Scale Solar Plants, Including Concentrating Solar Power (CSP), Are Operating, But Costs Are Massive
  • Wind Power
  • Hydroelectric Power
  • Geothermal Power
  • Biomass, Waste-to-Energy, Waste Methane and Biofuels from Algae
  • Ethanol Production Soared, But U.S. Federal Subsidy Expires
  • Cellulosic Ethanol Makes Slow Commercial Progress
  • Tidal Power
  • Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Power Research Continues/Fuel Cell Cars Enter the Market
  • Electric Cars and Plug-in Hybrids (PHEVs) Enter the Market in Low Numbers
  • Major Research and Advancements in Lithium Batteries/Tesla and Panasonic Plan Gigafactory
  • Natural Gas-Powered Vehicles Gain in Popularity/Long Term Potential is Bright Thanks to Low Shale Gas Prices
  • Homes and Commercial Buildings Seek Green Certification
  • Smart Electric Grid Technologies Are Adopted
  • The Energy Industry Invests in Storage Battery Technologies with an Eye on Distributed Power and Renewables
  • Nuclear Energy Moves Ahead in India, China, the UK and the Middle East
  • Nanotechnology Sees Applications in Fuel Cells and Solar Power/Micro Fuel Cells to Power Mobile Devices
  • New Display Technologies with PLEDs
  • Electric Utilities Adopt Coal Emissions Scrubbers While the Industry Tests Carbon Capture and Clean Coal Technologies
  • Production of Synthetic Crude from Kerogen Trapped in Shale Advances Through New Technologies
  • Superconductivity Provides Advanced Electricity Distribution Technology
  • Energy Intensity Is a Prime Focus in China/U.S. Achieves Dramatic Energy Intensity Results

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